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Columns

  • Halloween, and election time, should be time for fun

     It’s that time of year again: All those scary creatures come out, they’re everywhere, begging you, never leaving you alone, all dressed up in those wacky colors.

    But we’ll focus on all those election candidates next week. This week is all about Halloween.

    I myself will spend the entire day munching down on apples and cider and popcorn and candy and pie, all while binge watching my favorite classic Halloween movies and television shows. I might even hunker down with a good horror story novel, perhaps reading it aloud like Vincent Price.

  • Journalism matters because democracy does still matter

     An in-depth newspaper investigation revealed that a state-operated home for aged military veterans was providing sub-standard care and that taxpayer money that was to go to improve the home was spent elsewhere. The result was the replacement of the state’s veterans secretary and numerous corrections at the home.

    Another investigation explored the increase of neighborhood violence and the proliferation of firearms that awakened community groups and law enforcement to explore ways to address the problems and find solutions before it becomes even worse.

  • Polling position drawing bigger than usual interest

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — It’s the biggest question of the day when you attend some of the governmental meetings in the county.

    Who drew what ballot position for the Nov. 6 general election?

    In the past, candidates were informed by letter of when the post positions would be drawn in the county clerk’s office. It was not a legal requirement to notify the public of the pulling of the names.

    It was not a legal requirement to send letters to all the candidates.

    So, the position pull was quietly conducted.

  • The Month for Tax Talk

     Over the course of the next three weeks, you will hear a lot about taxes. It is the time that governmental agencies will determine the tax rates they will impose on you.

    It is a time where elected officials must truly look at their individual situations to determine the tax rates and the revenue needed to operate.

  • You can’t deny that Porky always had kids at heart

    Last night, there was a get together in the parking lot of Challis Ford Ball Park, formerly known as Blue Lick Optimist.

    My guess is that a lot of people gathered around the tailgates of many trucks.

    My guess is that there were a lot of stories being told about the life and times of Challis D. Ford.

    Some could be printed. Others probably not.

    But my guess is that the memorial in the parking lot on Tuesday evening had participants of several generations.

    My guess is a good time was had by all.

  • Eadens never shy about his support for city, his causes

     HILLVIEW — Jim Eadens has been through a lot during his 16 years as mayor of the city of Hillview.

    He’s gone through a lot in the job and away from the office.

    But the guy is not phony. You know exactly what he is thinking.

    A couple of months ago, a group of residents who live in Pioneer Village and Fox Chase went on the attack. The city had approved a rezoning for apartments off the John Harper Highway. The property is close to residents in the other two municipalities.

  • Judge speaks her mind

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — As her days in office count down, Bulitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts has not stopped voicing her opinion.

    Over the past 12 years, Roberts has made reference on numerous occasions about the lack of state and federal funding that returns to the local community.

    This is not an uncommon concern. 

    However, recently, her comments have been a bit more pointed toward those elected to serve the community.

  • Don’t be chicken to let your views be known

     For a couple months, residents in Mount Washington have been asking for a change to an existing ordinance that prohibits livestock within city limits, including chickens.

    Led largely by a resident who admitted to the council he has several chickens on his own land within the city, these residents have given fact after fact over why the council should permit chickens.

  • Election probably proves that people turned off by politics

      I love politics.

    I don’t love the nastiness that often appears during the election cycle.

    But the pure science or non-science of trying to predict races and then analyzing them is something I’ve always enjoyed.

    But it’s two months past the primary and four months until the general election and I didn’t write the first analysis of what happened in May.

    First, I think as journalist we have gotten into the practice of trying to be experts and to offer advise.

  • He should be thanked for demanding change to help kids

     On his final day in the office, Dr. Keith Davis was all packed up and ready to go.

    It is time for him to make that next stop in life.

    Eleven years has seemed like a couple of months. But he is ready to move on.

    In reality, Davis really wasn’t ready to move to his next destination. However, as he would be just the latest to learn the lesson, school systems are often the largest employers in a county and can also be the most political.